Paying and Powering it Forward

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Odette helps a customer with their resume Career Coaching at the Central LibraryVolunteers power two of our most popular programs for job seekers at the Central Library, Strategic Networking and Career Coaching. Drawing from years of experience as recruiters, human resource managers and career practitioners, this dynamic group brings energy, expertise and practical advice to our sessions every Thursday evening. With 2000 volunteers throughout our organization, the Library understands and highly values their vital role.

Recently I was asked: Can volunteering help or enhance one' s job search?

The founder and president of Act Three, a Cincinnati-based firm that helps women get back into the workforce, believes so. In a recent article, Julie Shifman elaborates on her top seven reasons why, including volenterring is important:

  1. You acquire new skills.
  2. Volunteering can show you're staying engaged in the work world and learning new skills.
  3. You improve your LinkedIn profile.
  4. You make new contacts.
  5. You’ll get a feel for today’s work environment.
  6. You gain an in-depth knowledge about a specific cause.
  7. Your self-confidence will grow

The last point rings especially true to me, as I have seen the effects of a protracted job search on morale and self worth. Isolation, rejection and frustration can take its toll, and giving back is one of the easiest ways to help shift a mindset.

Calgary based Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) has made it easy to search for positions that suit individual needs and talents. Its online database helps secure suitable matches, which can often result in longer placements and greater satisfaction on both ends.

Ready to take that next step? Join us this Thursday November 28th at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library, as our Strategic Networking host Lidia invites a speaker to discuss their views on volunteering in the community, and its potential to help job seekers.

And if you have ever dreamed of being a mascot, or helping bring reading and books back into the lives of Calgary's seniors, have a peek at the wide range of volunteer opportunities right here at the Calgary Public Library.

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